A couple other recipes needed some proofing ahead of time. Paula's stuffing tasted amazing the second day. Did it need to cool off some before we ate it? I know I should have fluffed it with a fork first versus serving casserole style. Pioneer Woman's cranberry sauce had good flavor, but was watery -- should I have just cooked it longer, or was it the recipe? I made a recipe for green bean casserole which had you make your own crispy onions and mushroom sauce. It was almost there, but not quite. I want to try these recipes again next year to see if I have better success.
and Hank and I also put together the little foam kits from Joann.
I used the same plates used for the 2009 dinner (coincidentally used a branch then as well).
A new element to the Thanksgiving feast will hopefully become a regular feature. I set out dishes containing 4 of the items from the Peanuts Thanksgiving, including pretzels, popcorn, jelly beans, and toast (Melba). The toast came in a pretty cool package
but hoping I can find smaller pieces shaped like toast in future years.
A couple more Thanksgiving treats. We put together a candy dish for Hank's kindergarten teacher. It was admittedly a way to get rid of the dish to get more room in my Thanksgiving bin. I used this printable for a card.
In asking Hank who else he would like to give a card to, he responded Hannah, who is his little girlfriend from school. This is the second time he has asked to give her something, and she gives him little notes from time to time as well. So sweet!
I made a special lunch for Hank including a sandwich made into a turkey, and candy corn "turkey toes." Hank likes deciphering pictograms.
My final show nod to Thanksgiving this week was to thank people who serve us in some way -- staff at the grocery store, the school Hank and Everett both attended, our local firefighters and sanitation crew -- and then a few other folks, such as the staff behind etsy (have you ever had a bad transaction there? No, of course not. So appreciative of the creators and users of the site), the pastor at our church, and our current and prior President. Some people you gotta thank for getting up and getting dressed in the morning.
This time last year I was nearly ready for Christmas. Having a mini panic attack in realizing there are only 25 days until the big day and how little I have planned let alone done!